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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by MountainMamaHST, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah! So glad everything worked out. It's so stressful when things go bad on your watch. My mom has the worst luck when pet sitting for us. She lost our favorite cat, and had a guinea pig die right after she left the last night. So DD walked into her room to a dead pet. Not fun. She has joked multiple times that she won't pet sit for us anymore. lol She still does though. I don't blame her for those things. They happen to all of us.
     
  2. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] First day of egg collection!! I think that is a duck egg, but they are all mixed together so I have no clue.

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    One of their pretty flowering trees they have in the back yard.
     
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  3. PlaidBattleAxe

    PlaidBattleAxe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow!! That's an epic egg haul for your first day of eggs!! How many layers do you have? Congrats on the awesome eggs!
     
  4. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a cute little egg!


    btw, hint for easier reading. When you quote pics, double click on the pic and set the width or height to 100. It makes the pics smaller so it helps with the scrolling but everyone can still see what you are replying to. (I just learned this on another thread and love it)
     
  5. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for that, I was wondering how to do that.
     
  6. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not my chickens, just house sitting. It is actually my first time house sitting animals or interacting with chickens. He said I could practice on his flock for the week he is gone. He has 50 chicks that just got off chick feed, so I don't think they are laying yet. He has about 50 older hens, a few are bantams. And I think 7-8 ducks and the same number of geese, along with a pair of turkeys, whom is actually sitting on some eggs(chicken and possibly turkey) under the coop. He said he got between 30-34 last night, so it is a little bit lower but with a few under the coop and the one that they ate might have made him happier. Took one last look around 8:30 just to be sure, so if there are any under the coop I won't toss them again, he said they are normally done by 4:00 but just incase. But him and I have agreed on one thing with his last batch of hatchery chickens, they all grew with no tail feathers, they are all pantless, and we really don't like it. I asked if maybe the roosters were having too much fun and he said nope, they never had feathers. And he will not be getting them again. But other than the broody hen, it really isn't that bad, but it is also my first day and Tom hasn't hit me yet getting off the nesting box, almost once but I don't want to make him mad. According to the owner he is a pretty layed back tom, except for spring and fall, he even liked getting his drumstick pet the day before they left.
     
  7. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    So - all in all, great experience for you and everything turned out ok [​IMG]
     
  8. PlaidBattleAxe

    PlaidBattleAxe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gotcha. That must be an experience with so many birds!
     
  9. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is, and so far I am really enjoying it. It makes me smile when I open the gate to the garden area and the chickens are all standing at the door waiting for me and all talking at once. I never thought I would like so many birds, I was thinking only 3 for myself, but I really like the mix that he has. They aren't all one breed or all one size and he has really nice roosters, they just walk away with the girls when I come in, and the geese are sweet too.
     
  10. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always said I didn't want a rooster but now we have 3 (1 is still young) and I love the addition to the flock. I started out wanting just 4 and now we have 18 and I might pick up 4 more chicks today if the feed store still has them. lol
    It's called Chicken Math. Always plan the largest coop you can fit because it's cheaper than adding on or building a new one when chicken math hits. Glad you are getting a taste of it before you start your flock. :)
     

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